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Dagger Eyes
Resides in Los Angeles, CA

I am pleased as Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to serve as one of your Geeks OUT Contributing Editors.  You can hold me wholly responsible for A Bloody Mouthful, Geeks OUT's very own The Walking Dead recap that analyzes the series through a queer/feminist/Chicana prism.  Covering all kinds of geektastic events, from Bent-Con to geeky musicals, also falls within my wheelhouse.  As if all that wasn't enough, you also get the benefit of my geek-centric legal acumen and my vociferous criticism of burning issues in the nerdverse.

I also write, create, and horde zines - my babies include Cerebral Succubus, The Masochistic Mixologist's Recipe Book, and The Arc of an Anatomical Heart.  I'm also a member of a zine collective, Zineworks, which spreads the gospel of zines by tabling at zine and community events, putting on workshops for the young, old and everyone in between, and teaching about the history of zines.  

I'm a recovering lawyer, currently in library school.  I'm also chomping at the bit to get my next tattoo - the frontrunner being one that incorporates Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres and two wonderfully descriptive phrases from Neil Gaiman's American Gods (one of my all-time favorite novels). 

I can be reached at

What I'm ReadingPretty Deadly, Sex Crimals, She-Hulk, Nowhere Men, God Hates Astronauts, Scalped, & a list of zines too long to complete, but: The Arc of an Anatomical Heart and Cerebral Succubus, by yours truly, Freaky Lisa Frank and Bitch King by Madame Chaos, Brainscan by Alex Wrekk, Cheer the Eff Up and The Little Sicilian by Jonas Hungerspiele, Polycats by Mabel, She's Not A Morning Person by Jen Venegas, Fair Dig by Brodie Foster Hubbard and poetry by Stacy Russo.
What I'm PlayingSims 3, Portal, Dragopolis
What I'm WatchingHannibal, Continuum, Penny Dreadful, Frontline's United States of Secrecy

Recent Posts by amberhardfemme

I Left My Heart at GaymerX2

The queer geek convention par excellance may have had its final hurrah, but that doesn't detract from the magic it created.

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Superstar panelists Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency), Katherine Cross (Nuclear Unicorn), and Carolyn Petit (GameSpot) uplift a large audience at GaymerX2.

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AX2014: The Year Anime Expo Became Comic-Con

This is either great or apocalyptic news, depending on your perspective.

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The Genre Tent-Umbrella thing just got a hell of a lot bigger and more open. Submit your photo to the rainbow cloud!

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A Bloody Mouthful Season 4 finale recap: A

The Walking Dead wraps up Season 4 with gunfire and promises. Also, Rick gets his groove back. SPOILERS!

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 on Sat, April 5, 2014

Terminus hipsters totally made me laugh. I thought the finale was SUPER intense on so many levels and the writers continue to shock me (that scene with the BAD GUYS and Carl? Fuck, dude. That was so fucked up and yet so human), which I appreciate. I can't wait for next season - loving the drama they are already setting up. And I'm with you on the cannibalism. I'm getting that vibe too.

 on Mon, April 7, 2014

I appreciate that, like Hannibal, the writers of The Walking Dead manage to tell a very scary story without resorting to actual rape. Maggie's brush with The Governor's reign of sexualized terror and now Carl's near-miss use the horror of rape without the completed act. Some might think this is a soft-pedaling of the topic, but I would heartily disagree. There's so much raping of women and children in the rest of genre fiction (I'm looing at you, True Detective) that to come up to the edge without taking the "easy" way out is a less sexist way of using sexual violence, if that makes sese. I think it also shows how the threat of rape can be a form of terrorism itself.